Polis Chrysochous Area
The northern coastline is relatively unfrequented and the road travels more or less along the coast, weaving in and out along the undulating shore with the occasional straighter stretch along a long beach of dark sand, while towards the easternmost areas near the tiny village of Pachyammos the mountains fall straight into the sea. The main point of interest is the impressive church of Agios Rafael, an important pilgrimage site for the faithful due to belief in the miracle curing powers of the saint. The village of Pomos at the tip of a pretty bay surrounded by steep hillsides has a picturesque fishing shelter. Drive inland up into the Troodos mountain range and experience nature at its best. High up in the vast wooded tract of pine forested lies Stavros tis Psokas, with its forestry station and hostel. If you’re lucky you might see a mouflon, an indigenous mountain sheep that has become a symbol for the island, roaming the hills, otherwise visit the enclosure nearby where they are kept. Breathe in the fresh mountain air walking along one of the surrounding nature trails and admire some spectacular views. Return to Polis via charming Lyso and Peristerona with its Byzantine museum.
From Polis explore the many picturesque villages in the Troodos foothills such as Pelathousa with its 15th century church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Horteni), returning via Kinousa from where you can admire some of the most beautiful sunsets in Cyprus, and the Limni jetty from where copper which was mined nearby was loaded onto ships.
One of a handful of wilderness areas, the Akamas peninsula, with its tabletop mountain, spectacular views between pines to turquoise waters down below and the famous Baths of Aphrodite, is an excellent place to admire nature on foot or by bike.
Visit the picturesque villages of the Akamas hills, such as Neokhorio, Inia, Droushia, Kathikas, Terra, Kritou Terra, Arodhes and Akourdaleia with their stone houses nestling amidst vineyards, local museums, churches, coffeeshops, restaurants and superb views of the coast below.
The fishing shelter of Polis, Latsi, with its waterfront promenade and long sand and pebble beach offering all kinds of watersports, is now being expanded into a 200 berth marina. In the past carobs were exported from here, but now the old stone carob warehouses have been converted into excellent seafood restaurants.